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Angela Hagen and Moses James selected as 2021 Co-Citizens of the Year

One of theme for last Friday’s Donalsonville-Seminole County Chamber of Commerce annual membership meeting was all about working together to make today just a little better than yesterday. That theme was echoed by the selfless actions of this year’s Citizen of the Year co-recipients, Angela Hagen and Moses James.  Both were cited for their year-long efforts to go above and beyond the call of duty of their job descriptions, giving  extra time and energy to helping to make the lives of all Seminole County citizens just a little bit better. 

In requesting nominations this year from the community for nominees for Citizen of the Year we asked the question . . .

In 2021 What one dedicated citizen has worked tirelessly to promote progress and improvements to the quality of life in this community?

Multiple nominations were received and a submission packet on each was delivered to our three out of town judges who selected two finalists as this year’s honorees.

Angela Hagen

As director of the McFadden Nature Center here in Seminole County Angela literally lives the McFadden Foundation’s mission statement, working daily, and tirelessly to preserve and protect the land, and its indigenous plants and animals. 

Her unselfish philanthropic efforts are not just limited to the boundaries of the preserve. 

As a self proclaimed animal advocate she has always had a vision to somehow help the unwanted, abandoned and neglected animals throughout the area.

Taking steps to transform her vision into a reality she has been and is one of the behind the scenes driving forces behind the construction and opening of Southwest Georgia’s Animal Rescue Alliance. 

This soon to be open and operational animal shelter facility, located just north of Donalsonville, is in its final stages of renovation and construction and plans to open its doors sometime this Summer.

Moses James

Moses has demonstrated an extraordinary active commitment to his community and is constantly engaged in efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of each and every person with whom he comes in contact with. He has been described as a man who has never met a challenge that he has not been able to overcome.

Moses works as the Superintendent for a Probation Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Bainbridge, and on his own time, regularly speaks and instructs individuals, groups, civic organizations and church congregations on drug addiction and recovery topics. 

He and his wife have served as foster parents and he goes above and beyond in his efforts to assist the children and parents involved, always with the goal of reunification.

He is an active member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, and along with his wife has served as co-chairman of the church’s youth department.

The Chamber of Commerce held its annual Membership Banquet last Friday evening at the Donalsonville Country Club. The guest speaker was Mark Earnest, Superintendent of Seminole County Schools. Congressman Sanford Bishop surprised all in attendance with an appearance along with his Chief of Staff Kenneth Kutts.  

The rest of the evening’s program consisted of the recognition of Seminole County’s STAR Student and Teacher, Will Pace and Gaye Williams, the school system’s Teacher of the Year Jessica Lawhorn, and incoming and outgoing directors and officers of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.  The Farm Family of the Year award was presented to all essential agriculture workers who lost their lives during the COVID-19 Pandemic, and the Presidents Award was presented to Bradley Grantham for his dedication and support to the chamber and its efforts throughout this past year.

The event was catered  by Kaye Cook, and numerous door prizes, furnished by local merchants were distributed to lucky recipients in attendance.

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